beginning tomorrow, mjkimpan.com will be down for a little retooling. it ought to take about a week or so for me to relaunch the site with its new theme and features, along with consistently better content – geared towards inspiring thought, conversation and movement as we together seek to follow the way of jesus.
please be patient with me as i work behind the scenes to make this site better for that purpose. i apologize for the inconvenience of having the site down – but i promise…it will be worth it!
imagine the scene :: jesus just finished what is now his best known teaching – the sermon on the mount – a practical manifesto for this new Way. the dry heat of the galilean sun beat down on the son of man as he and the disciples descended the mountain. the amazed crowds follow through the dust kicked up by this rogue rabbi who taught differently than the others – this one spoke like he actually knew what he was talking about.
he’s just touched on nearly everything, and their heads must have been spinning as they tried to make sense of it all – the benefits of living for his unseen kingdom; how to pray with meaning; turning the law of moses on its head and replacing its rigidity with a law of love.
who was this guy, anyway?!?
this summer at richwoods we’re heading into a series entitled, ‘permission to enjoy.’
(addition :: listen to the first sermon from jim powell here)
taking a look at the garden early in the genesis narrative, we read ::
And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;
we often fail to realize the freedom that flows in this, the first command to humanity from the Trinity.
God’s original intent was permissive and positive, not prohibitive.
our demons keep community at bay, because we are forced to encounter the very image of God in one another when we live life together.
many, myself included, are convinced that the greatest opportunity for spiritual growth happens within the context of community. true spiritual community mirrors the relationship of the Trinity – whose image in which we have been created. when we remove ourselves from authentic community and move toward isolation, it becomes much more difficult for us to hear the voice of truth; instead, we believe as true the false accusations and lies launched against our identity and integrity, denying and degrading the divine nature that is in each one of us.
corresponding to my last post, here are some books i’d recommend as they correspond to the theological side streets we’ve been exploring in our RoadMaps series ::
let me be clear. i believe in jesus. i love him, follow him, and believe about him everything the new testament teaches about him (though not all that has been taught about him). i believe with all that i am that he is the very word of God (note: he is, not the bible); the word made flesh; the visible image of an invisible God; the son of God; the messiah; the friend of sinners and the savior of the world. i believe that he is the way, the truth, and the life; the anointed, liberating king (the meaning behind the term ‘messiah’) for all people. it’s what i think, speak, teach and write about; what i seek to live out in my daily life.